In view of the visit made the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) led by the Executive Chairman of the Service, Dr. Muritala Awodun on 18 June 2016 to the burnt site of the 40 razed shops at the Baboko Market. The Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, Dr. Muritala Awodun informed the victims of the unfortunate fire incident and the market executives that the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) with the approval of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara State would in six weeks reconstruct the 40 burnt shops so that the source of living of the affected people would not be shutdown.
Alas! The 40 reconstructed shops were commissioned at exactly 12:30pm on 15 August 2016. Present at the remarkable event was His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara State, ably represented by the Permanent Secretary, Commerce and Cooperative, Alhaja. Tinuola Ayisha Abubakar, the representative of the Senate President, Alh (Dr) Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Mandate Director-General, Hon. Wahab Issa, the Chairman, Ilorin West LGA, Iyaloja, Ojatuntun Market, Babaloja, Ojatuntun Market, the Executive Chairman, KW-IRS, the Director, Admin & Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Adenike Babajamu, Deputy Director, Informal, Sector, Mr. Lekan Rotimi, KW-IRS staff, Market people, Gentlemen of the press.
Dr. Muritala Awodun expressed appreciation to all present. He reiterated on the commitment of KW-IRS to ensure that revenue collected by the people of Kwara State is used for the development of Kwarans. He admitted that the welfare of Kwarans is utmost to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alh. Abdulfatah Ahmed, hence, the great support received by KW-IRS to achieve this. He mentioned some of other projects conducted by the Service as an intervention scheme for Kwarans which range from the provision of perimeter fence for the Kara market of Ajase-Ipo, the donation of fund to roof the reconstructed shops of Owode market, Offa, Security provision for the Kaiama market, to mention but a few.
The representative of the Hon. Commissioner, Commerce & Industry charged on the need for adequate cooperation with the demands of KW-IRS. She explained that the constant drop in the Federal allocation and the incessant bombings of the oil wells has greatly affected the State and even Nigeria as a whole. She stated that the only way out is a refocus into tax collection and a keen approach to growing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). She however admitted that the task ahead of KW-IRS cannot be achievable without adequate cooperation by the people because it takes two to tangle and the comfort of the tree is also the comfort of the bird.
She admonished the market people never to relent in communicating their needs to KW-IRS. She stated that one of the duties assigned KW-IRS is to give feedbacks on the needs of Kwarans to the state government as a body that is closer to the people. She assured the people that the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) works together with the Ministry of Commerce and Cooperative and such needs would be looked into for the development of the market people and Kwara State in general.
Speaking on behalf of Alhaji. Dr. Bukola Saraki a.k.a the Leader, Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Mandate Director-General, Hon. Wahab Issa, relayed the greetings of The Leader to the market people. Hon. Wahab Issa on behalf of the Senate President condoled with the victims of the inferno. He announced that the Senate President who is a philanthropist just like his late father Dr. Olusola Saraki has donated a token of about 5 million naira as compensation to the victim of the inferno. The DG, Mandate stated that the Senate President is supporting of the burnt shops with 100,000 naira each while the kiosk victims will be given 50,000 naira each.